Leeds United’s deadline day acquisition of Daniel James is a ‘fantastic deal for all parties’, according to ex-Leeds and Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand.
The former defender who left Elland Road for Old Trafford in 2002 said on his YouTube channel: “They’ve been on him for ages, they’ve wanted this boy for time.
“Listen, Dan James, I don’t think he’s Man United standard, but he’s definitely Premier League standard and the way Leeds play, he’s going to be a problem for a few teams.
“The kid in that team will be getting the ball and getting forward quick, and that suits his game. When you have to break down two banks of four like Man United that doesn’t suit James’ game, he likes space.
“But yeah, Leeds United for Dan James will be a fantastic move for both parties.”
Leeds signed James for a fee of £25m with add-ons taking the deal to a potential £30m, £12m that the £18m Leeds paid West Ham to sign Ferdinand in 2000.
The Welsh winger played 33 times in the Premier League for Manchester United in his first season for the club, scoring three times and assisting six goals, before having his playing-time reduced by almost half in his second season.
Although he started two of the first three Premier League games this season, he was told he would be playing even less following the unexpected return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford, so he chose to make the move to Elland Road.
Wales boss Rob Page has also spoken highly of this decision to move to Leeds, saying that Marcelo Bielsa can turn James into a ‘complete player’.
James was named in the Wales starting XI to face Belarus in Sunday afternoon’s World Cup qualifier.